Joe Brinkman wrote an insightful article the other day, Ployglot Programming: Death By A Thousand DSLs. Here’s an excerpt:
I don’t know about other programmers, but I am drowning in DSLs [domain specific languages]. It is hard enough keeping up with my primary development language and the associated platform APIs, but these DSLs are going to be the death of me. The end result is that I have a pretty decent handle on maybe 3 or 4 of these DSLs but rarely do I have the requisite knowledge to make the right choices in anything beyond that.
It takes a dozen programming languages to do any web project these days. Whenever I bring this up in conversation, most developers say “Oh, well. That’s just the way it is. It isn’t so bad.” But I think it really is a problem. Obviously it’s intimidating amount of material for new developers to learn. But the more subtle problem is that experienced developers who think they understand all the different languages they use are probably wrong.
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